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pipistrelle

[pip-uh-strel, pip-uh-strel] /ˌpɪp əˈstrɛl, ˈpɪp əˌstrɛl/
noun
1.
any of numerous insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, especially P. pipistrellus of Europe and Asia.
Origin of pipistrelle
1775-1785
1775-85; < French < Italian pipistrello, variant of vipistrelloLatin vespertīliōn- (stem ofvespertīliō) bat. See vespertilionine
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pipistrelle

/ˌpɪpɪˈstrɛl/
noun
1.
any of numerous small brownish insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, occurring in most parts of the world: family Vespertilionidae
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian pipistrello, from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening, because of its nocturnal habits
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